Posted by Kevin Kastner in Historical Posts
on Dec 19th, 2008
The Broad Ripple Gazette has printed an article regarding a possible reconfiguration of Broad Ripple Avenue towards a more pedestrian friendly environment. The renderings are available here. There were two companies that made presentations: Storrow Kinsella, and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf. Here are my amateur impressions:
- Each plan would remove some parking spaces from the Avenue. It looks as though at least one of the plans would also include a multi-story parking garage. Yuck.
- The BDMD idea of narrowing the street at the crosswalk parallel to Carrollton Avenue is much needed. I also like the storm water planters.
- The rendering by Storrow Kinsella shows a bike lane, as well as a mention of a bus stop. It is rare in this city to see any attention paid to the bus stop, so this is great to see.
- This BDMD rendering shows a man standing in front of a parked car. This seems a bit odd to me. Also, the sidewalk does not look much wider than it is currently.
- These concepts will obviously need funding to get off of the drawing board. However, I’m interested to see where the Envision Group will go from here.
In addition, this is the schedule for work to be done on Broad Ripple Avenue next year (including the dreaded “widen” word).